History of the Scribe
Throughout human history the act of recording thoughts, ideas and actions of importance has been a building block of civilization. One could argue the point that civilization is language, and that the written word represents culture. The written word has long been revered in every literate culture on this planet, and is an expression of the human need for knowledge, meaning and beauty. The role of the scribe was respected as the recorder of what was most important to the given society, from religious texts to edicts of the ruler. The scripts employed by the scribe were crafted with care and attention and developed over time. A calligraphic hand “ripened” over time and became a classic form, recognized by all. There have been hands that have gone fallow, as it were, because they lacked beauty, harmony and energy. The development of classic hands is quite similar to the development of classical music. The beauty of the forms reaches all who view them, and thus can be repeated to the satisfaction of both scribe and reader. In fact the beauty of a classical hand shines through even to those who do not read.